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It’s Nice That’s Review of the Year 2018

In the words of Noddy Holder, it’s (nearly) Christmas, which means everyone here at It’s Nice That is gearing up for a week or two away from their laptops. Now’s the perfect time to reflect on creativity flourished in yet another turbulent 12 months on a topsy-turvy planet.

To do that, we sat down with some of 2018’s biggest names to get the inside scoop on how it felt to define their discipline. We’ve also cast a gaze over the globe, bringing you a series of features which look over 2018 from the perspectives of eight creatives from Los Angeles to Lagos, via Seoul and Shanghai. Oh, and a quartet of writers and designers have crafted a series of opinion pieces which examine the year in a variety of engaging ways, looking at everything from the rise of co-creation to the cultural significance of Colin Kaepernick.

Being kind souls, we’ve then compiled some of our best content from the last 12 months for your post-prandial perusing. Catch up on the very best in illustration, animation, photography, film, features, news, and, of course, graphic design.

If all that wasn’t enough, we decided to round off the year in conversational style with a pair of head-to-head interviews which see new-BBFs Joey You and Olimpia Zagnoli shooting the breeze about memes and giant crabs, and Pentagram partners Astrid Stavro and Jody Hudson-Powell chatted about life in one of the world’s premier design studios.

We hope you enjoy what we’ve brought you in 2018, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone back in January.

  • Int-roty-ezramiller-list Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 2018 was the year Ezra Miller learned to take care of his brain

    It’s been a big year for creative polymath Ezra Miller. When we spoke to him back in September of this year, he’d recently collaborated with Adidas while taking a break from his studies at NYU. Since then he’s landed a huge job working alongside artist Jon Rafman for Balenciaga – a project which caught global attention at Paris Fashion Week in October – and has recently signed with creative agency MA+Creative.

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  • Int-roty-graphicdesign-list Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 Review of the Year 2018: Top 25 Graphic Design

    You can’t have failed to notice how much attention It’s Nice That focuses on graphic design. This year we have, as ever, cast a gaze over everything from big name commercial work to the fantastic self-initiated projects that feel as fresh now as they did the first day they arrived perfectly formed in our inbox. Practitioners and enthusiasts alike, consider this a crash course in the year that was in graphic design.
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  • Int-roty-sophyhollington-listimage Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 Sophy Hollington on learning to be creatively fulfilled while earning a living in 2018

    During parts of 2018 it almost felt like you couldn’t look at a magazine, bookshelf or website without spotting the work of illustrator Sophy Hollington. Her body of work — one that’s elevated the art of linocutting beyond hazy memories of art classes into a sought after stylistic medium — has the ability to transform any written piece it often seems to accompany. This is down to Sophy’s illustrative talents of course, but also her consideration of the task at hand, steeping her process in research, thematic influences and a genuine interest of exploring what visual imagery can do.

    Lucy Bourton
  • Int-roty-googledesign-listimage Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 Google Design's best of 2018

    Over the past 12 months, Google has been delving deep into the fascinating world of machine learning with articles on Google Design, plus new open-source projects and products. With AI becoming an increasingly prevalent part of the creative world, this should come as no surprise. Also unsurprisingly, the work it’s carried out in the field is innovative, exciting, and stimulating.

    2018’s Review of the Year is supported by Google Design. Google Design, for the uninitiated, is an initiative led by an uber-talented selection of developers, designers, and writers at Google. They’re all about working across teams to create top-notch content and to produce events that champion creativity and showcase the brilliant design work Google does day in and day out. Having celebrated a Milan Design Week debut, amongst other achievements, it feels like Google Design has pushed on from an already exciting position.

    We’ve decided to look back on a quartet of projects that turned our head in 2018. For more, check out Google Design’s Best of 2018, where the editorial team highlights all of the year’s noteworthy design projects.h3. Google Fonts + 한국어 소개

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  • Int-roty-illustration-list Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 Review of the Year 2018: Top 25 Illustration

    We count ourselves incredibly lucky here at It’s Nice That, largely because we come into contact with such superb examples of illustration on a daily basis. As you can see from the features below, which were the 25 most read on the site over the past 12 months, the bulk of what comes our way is good. Really good. Lap up the creme de la creme below. You deserve it. After all, you got these pieces where they are today.

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  • Yuri-andries-moonland-photography-itsnicethat-03 Work / Photography Yuri Andries captures life in the harsh and beautiful landscapes of Ladakh

    Initially beginning his creative pursuits in graphic design, which took him to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent where he completed an MA, it wasn’t until later that Yuri Andries delved into photography. Intrigued by the medium’s capability to both document reality and engage with the imagination, he began attending seminars run by Magnum photographer, Carl de Keyzer. After attending these for six months and feeling endlessly inspired, Yuri tackled several courses in analogue photography. Later finding himself a position as an assistant at a photography studio and honing his skills in digital editing and light, in 2016 he finally took the plunge and started working on his own projects.

    Daniel Milroy Maher
  • Int-roty-photography-list Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 Review of the Year 2018: Top 25 Photography

    It’s been a long year, hasn’t it? And your eyes are tired, aren’t they? We can help. Why not soothe those sore lids by taking a visual stroll down recent-memory lane with 25 of our most read photography pieces of 2018? From KangHee Kim’s satisfyingly shimmering images of celestial streetlamps to Sam Gregg’s gloriously vivid snapshots of life in sun-soaked Naples, all of life this year gone is here.
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  • Int-roty-kieranyates-listimage Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 Kieran Yates reflects on a world, and a year, in flux

    As we near the end of our look back at 2018, we’ve enlisted journalist, broadcaster and editor Kieran Yates to look back over the key moments which shaped the creative (and wider) world over the past 12 months. From logo-heavy football shirts to Love Island, these are some of the stories that got us talking.

    Kieran Yates
  • Int-roty-animation-list Regulars / Review of the Year 2018 Review of the Year 2018: Top 25 Animation

    Animation’s in our blood at It’s Nice That. Ever since we first crawled into virtual being all those years ago, we’ve never stopped looking for the brightest and best of the animated world. If you’re looking for a fun way to soak up some creative juices over the Christmas period, why not peruse the top 25 animation articles we’ve published this year? You won’t regret it.
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Supported by Google

Google is proud to support It’s Nice That in championing a broad and inclusive creative community with its annual Review of the Year. We believe that design is critical to building great products and experiences, and we’re committed to fostering best-in-class results with efforts like Material Design, a unified system combining theory, resources, and tools to help designers and engineers craft beautiful, digital experiences, as well as through our cooperative efforts at Google Design.

From producing original articles and videos, to hosting creative and educational partnerships and events, Google Design’s goal is to connect, support, and inspire designers and design thinkers. Sign up for the Google Design Newsletter to learn more.